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There are approximately 1,000 traffic fatalities in Arizona each year. In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 278 fatalities related to alcohol-impaired driving and 163 fatalities due to motorcycle accidents. With these sobering statistics, it is important to keep alert while driving to protect you and your loved ones from serious harm.
Contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers at Alex & Associates if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident. Our compassionate and trial-tested legal team can investigate your case, calculate your claim’s maximum value, and aggressively represent your interests both in and out of court. We can also negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company to make sure you’re awarded a settlement that reflects your unique legal objectives and financial needs.
What is the Arizona Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents?
Every state has a different legally bound time-frame in which an injured party can file a claim after an accident. In the state of Arizona, the statute of limitations for a car accident claim is two years. This means that an individual must file a claim within that amount of time or their request for compensation will not be heard.
Is Arizona a No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Arizona is not a "no-fault" state, it is a "comparative fault" state. This means that a car accident, whoever is considered at-fault is the one who is responsible for paying for any damages that result from the incident. Liability is determined by whoever caused the car accident, but due to the fact that Arizona is a comparative fault state, this means that fault can apportioned to different drivers.
Common Types of Car Accidents
When a severe accident occurs, the survivors often sustain debilitating and life-changing injuries that necessitate costly and ongoing medical treatments. But how can these victims keep up with their treatments programs if they can’t even afford the accompanying medical bills? Worse, what if their injuries prevent them from holding gainful employment? Oftentimes, a car accident survivor’s only option is to pursue monetary damages by filing a claim against the negligent driver.
The most common types of auto accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Vehicle rollovers
- Weather-related incidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Underride accidents
What Proof is Required for a Car Accident Claim?
To secure a favorable case result, your legal team needs to prove 3 critical facts: the defendant was participating in negligent driving behaviors; these actions caused or contributed to the accident; you sustained physical injuries and/or suffered financial losses because of their actions. By investigating your case, we can collect evidence and develop a comprehensive litigation strategy that proves the defending party is responsible for your physical and financial condition.
An at-fault driver can be held legally accountable for the following behaviors:
- Distracted driving
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Aggressive driving
- Failing to signal
- Driving while intoxicated
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield
- Fatigued driving
- Illegal turns and u-turns
Quality Representation from Experienced Attorneys
If you or a member of your family has suffered a car accident injury, attorneys and staff at our law firm understand how overwhelming it may seem to make decisions regarding claims for compensation while dealing with medical and financial issues. We hope the information below is helpful. However, because every situation is unique, it is important that you consult with a well-qualified personal injury litigation attorney about your claim.
Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists Insurance
When the other driver, irresponsibly, has no car insurance (or has insufficient car insurance) to compensate you for your injuries, you can present a claim with your own insurance company under your uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage. This claim with your insurance company does not affect your insurance premiums. This is important coverage that you pay a premium for and should be used to compensate you when the other driver has no insurance or too little insurance.
In some cases, no-fault insurance might apply, especially with out-of-state motorists. No-fault auto insurance allows the driver to collect from his or her insurance company regardless of who was at fault. Not every state has no-fault insurance, but those that do have extremely narrow laws that determine how much, when, and for how long the injured party can receive insurance.
Consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss how your state views fault and to determine how the laws may affect your right to recover damages for a car accident injury.
When you are in an accident, you have immediate, important decisions to make. For the crucial decisions you have to make later on, consult with an accident attorney at (602) 483-6114.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Resource Links
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
- National Safety Council
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
- National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health
- Auto Insurance
- Federal Trade Commission: Buying a Used Car
Call us for a free consultation, our car accident attorneys in Phoenix are available 24/7, at (602) 483-6114.
What are the Steps to Take After a Car Accident?
Drivers in Arizona owe a duty of care to other motorists, bicyclists, “scooterists,” and pedestrians. In other words, drivers are expected to exercise reasonable care and act in consideration of the law while operating a motor vehicle. However, when drivers ignore this principle, it results in nearly 130,000 accidents a year.
Protect your claim by following these 10 steps to take after a car accident:
- Call 911 and request emergency assistance
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver(s)
- Don’t apologize or admit/imply fault for the accident
- Use your cell phone to take pictures of the crash site, the damages vehicles, and your injuries
- Find witnesses and write down their information, including their names and phone numbers
- Request copies of the accident report and your medical record
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Schedule a case evaluation with a car accident attorney
- Don’t accept calls from the defendant’ insurance provider unless you have a lawyer present
- Keep a record of any accident-related expenses (receipts, statements, etc.)
It’s important to remember that the defendant’s insurance company is not your friend. Like any business, their priority is making and saving money – and your case can certainly cost them money. To save their company money, adjusters have been known to record phone calls and then manipulate a plaintiff into making a statement that damages their lawsuit. When this tactic doesn’t work, the company moves onto the next: offering a lowball settlement and hoping the inexperienced plaintiff will accept it. For these reasons and more, it’s imperative that you retain the services of a qualified attorney who can protect your interests and maximize your claim.
Compensation for the Diminished Value of Your Vehicle
If you suffer an injury, you are entitled to claim compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages, and permanent injury or disfigurement. Our attorneys recognize the importance of helping a client recover compensation not only for their personal injury claim, but also for the loss of use of their automobile and, in some cases, diminished value if their car is repaired.
We are one of the few firms that pursue our clients’ diminished value claims. You sustain a diminished value (or accelerated depreciation) after an accident because your vehicle is worthless on the open market after the crash than before the crash, even after being repaired. We also assist you in many other ways.
Auto Insurance Claim Do’s & Don’ts
When you make an auto insurance claim, proceed with care. Your conversations with an insurance company are generally recorded and often designed to diminish the amount of monetary compensation you receive. Remember, the insurance company records your conversation so anything said is essentially set in stone. Even off-the-record comments will be documented to your disadvantage.
DO: Report your accident to your insurance company
While you may be afraid to speak to your insurance company, it is very important that you waste no time in reporting the accident. The insurance company might try to use this information against you, implying that your accident and injuries aren't that serious.
DO: See a doctor as soon as you can
Injuries that result from a car accident often don't show symptoms for 24-48 hours. This is often because of adrenaline and hyperactive emotions. That's why it's important to see a medical professional within a couple of days after the accident. Just because you don't feel hurt, doesn't mean you aren't. Having conclusive medical evidence of your injury is also essential to building a strong case for your claim.
DO: Keep a detailed account of the accident
Police reports and witness statements are important, but we also recommend keeping a personal account of your side of the story. Some car accident insurance claims take months or longer to resolve, and in that time your memory might fade. Write down the details of your accident immediately, while your memory is fresh so that you and your attorney can reference it later.
DON'T: Admit fault while giving your statement
Whether it's your statement to the police or your insurance agent, avoid admitting fault to the accident. Keep to the facts and only answer questions asked of you, to avoid giving statements that might be used against you later
DON'T: Take an early settlement
Insurance companies want to avoid paying out more than they have to. As such, they will attempt to convince you to accept the first settlement they offer. This is almost always a low ball offer. Once you accept the settlement you cannot pursue more compensation later, even if you have further expenses. Speak to an auto accident lawyer at Alex & Associates first, to make sure you are receiving maximum compensation
We are proud to offer our skilled services to Phoenix residents in both Spanish and English! Call today at (602) 483-6114 to get started with our team.
The Phoenix car accident attorneys at Alex & Associates have been providing high-quality legal guidance and personalized services to the residents of Arizona for over 50 years. As a law firm, our mission is to help our clients reclaim their lives through the litigation process. We understand how difficult it can be to pursue legal action when you’re besieged by stress, pain, and a farrago of financial concerns. For this reason, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis – if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards for auto accident victims and their families. Contact Alex & Associates at (602) 483-6114 to schedule a free case evaluation today.
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